Social Policy and the British-Irish Council

Seminar in Belfast on Friday July 6th, 2018:

Social Policy and the British-Irish Council



The British-Irish Council, established as part of the Belfast Good Friday Agreement, is a forum for consultation and co-operation between eight member administrations: the UK, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Scotland and Wales (see Among its areas of work are a range of topics relevant to social policy, including demography, early years, housing, misuse of substances, social inclusion and transport. This seminar aims to raise awareness of this work and to provide an opportunity for academics and practitioners to exchange views on the value and future potential of the British-Irish Council as a forum for the exchange of policy and practice, as well as the overall benefit of comparing and sharing social policies and practices between the eight jurisdictions.


The final speaker list is being confirmed, but will include academics, a spokesperson from the British-Irish Council and practitioners with first hand experience of the BIC's work on social policy.


11:30 Registration opens, tea/coffee, networking opportunity

12:00 Sandwich lunch, tea/coffee, networking opportunity

12:30 Opening remarks

12:40 Guest speaker: an overview of the social policy work of the British-Irish Council

13:10 Q&A

13:30 Panel discussion: three panel speakers and chairperson. Audience participation

14:45 Concluding remarks

15:00 Event closes, tea/coffee, networking opportunity


The event is a collaboration between ISPA, SPA and UU, and is free-of-charge, but please book a place for catering purposes by clicking here.

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